KUWAIT: Education Ministry Undersecretary Mariam Al-Wutaid yesterday declared that today (Wednesday) will be a holiday for school students of all grades. She added in the press statement the announcement does not include teachers and other educational staff, for whom it will be a usual working day. The decision was reached after a study by assistant undersecretaries of the education ministry and extends to all public, private and special needs schools.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) Dr Ahmad Al-Athari said yesterday that all students of colleges and institutes, except for teaching and administrative staff, will be on holiday tomorrow. “The decision has been taken as a result of the bad weather and heavy rains in the last two days,” he told KUNA, noting that the rains damaged some PAAET’s facilities. – KUNA
KUWAIT: A number of MPs yesterday strongly criticized Minister of Public Works and Electricity and Water Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim over failure of ministry teams to deal with heavy rains, with at least one MP calling on him to step down. At least two people have been killed as heavy rainfall lashed the country in the past two days, causing heavy material damage and turning some areas into ponds as the drainage system failed to cope with the large amount of rain.
“The country sank in heavy rain because the government is sinking deep in corruption. The government has lacked a vision and planning. It is not ready to face and manage crises,” said opposition MP Riyadh Al-Adasani, who has filed a request to grill the prime minister over alleged mismanagement. “The country has been in paralysis and without achievements for several years,” he said. MP Maasouma Al-Mubarak said that 30 minutes of rain have exposed those responsible for corruption in implementing projects, especially at the ministry of public works and the municipality. She said heavy rains have also exposed the absence of a real contingency plan. “We have indeed drowned in shallow waters which is a scandal that necessitates questioning,” she said.
MP Adel Al-Khorafi however called on the minister to acknowledge his weak performance and preparations to face the heavy rain and accordingly submit his resignation. Khorafi said the ministry’s performance in dealing with rain has been well below the mark although sufficient opportunity and time had been provided for the ministry to prepare, but it failed. The lawmaker criticized ministry officials for failing to utilize the huge budget allocated for the ministry. But the ministry yesterday defended the ministry’s weak performance on the fact that large quantities of rain fell in a short time that exceeded the capacity of the drainage system. The minister said that in some areas, rainfall in one hour on Monday exceeded the average rainfall of several months combined.
In another development, Shiite MP Youssef Al-Zalzalah called yesterday on Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah to carry out a Cabinet reshuffle to dismiss a number of ministers who are spoiling ties with the National Assembly. The lawmaker said the premier needs to change at least five ministers whom he accused of failing to cooperate with MPs. MP Safa Al-Hashem meanwhile said yesterday that there are no personal motives behind the request she filed last week to grill the prime minister. She said the grilling deals with the failure to handle the country’s administration and draw up the right policies. The debate of the grilling is scheduled for Nov 26.
By B Izzak
QUETTA: Six officials of Pakistan customs were kidnapped by unknown persons on Sunday from Balochistan's coastal city of Jiwany, DawnNews reported.
The kidnappers also reportedly made away with the vehicle and weapons of the custom officials.
Authorities were clueless about the incident. No one had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping till the filing of this report.
Jiwany is the coastal border area between Iran and Pakistan and lies in the restive Balochistan province's Gwadar district.
Balochistan is rife with militants and hit by a regional insurgency and sectarian attacks.
In other unrelated news FC personnel launched a search operation in Hudda district jail and recovered eight mobilephone sets and other prohibited material from the inmates.
In another incident security personnel arrested seven suspects from Garamkan area in the outskirts of Balochistan's Panjgur district.
Relatives of the arrested suspects staged a protest against the authorities and claimed that the persons who were picked up were innocent.
The protestors blocked the road between Quetta and Panjgur.
Security officials declined to comment over the incident.
— Syed Ali Shah contributed to the reporting of this story
KUWAIT: Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances behind the death of a Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh resident whose body was found in his apartment. Police headed to a building in the area in response to an emergency call reporting that foul odor was emanating from one of the apartments. Police obtained a warrant to break into the apartment and found the Asian man dead inside. Crime scene investigators were called to carry out examinations before the body was taken to the forensic department for an autopsy.
KUWIAT: Director of Metrological Center at Kuwait Civil Aviation Directorate Mohammad Karam expected the country to witness unstable weather conditions starting today for the next few days, with a chance of thunderstorms and rain. He predicted moderate rain today mostly in southern areas, adding that a cloud cover will develop during night hours today and tomorrow morning, increasing the chances of thunderstorms.
The unstable conditions will intensify tomorrow as the seasonal Sudan depression advances towards Kuwait, helped by the presence of a cold air mass in the higher atmospheres. The meeting of this depression which is relatively warm and loaded with moisture will form more thunderous clouds causing rain that may be strong in some areas tomorrow morning.
Karam said unstable conditions are expected to continue until Wednesday before conditions start to improve. He advised citizens and expats to monitor these conditions closely, adding the weather department will be on alert and will issue reports continually. Weather and environment expert Essa Ramadan said rain may start falling at dawn today over Kuwait, southern Iraq and Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. He forecast rain to continue until Wednesday. – KUNA
KUWAIT: Undersecretary of Social Affairs and Labor Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi has issued an administrative decision directing the labor departments in all six governorates not to list the profession of attorneys or legal consultants on the work permits of non-Kuwaitis.
The decision stipulates that attorneys attending court sessions and registered as lawyers must be holders of Kuwaiti citizenship with license to practice law from Kuwait University or any other accredited university. Al-Mutairi asked the labor departments to register all non- Kuwaiti barristers as legal researchers or legal specialists on the item of profession.
On the other hand, the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Sector Jamal Al-Dosari sought help from two policemen to organize a large number of visitors and employers that gathered in front of his office Sunday morning to finalize transactions.
The policemen organized the visitors as it should be, but some of them expressed anger over the step to seek assistance from the police to manage the ministry’s work, as it violates open-door policy the officials advocate
By: Al-Sayed Al-Qassas Al-Seyassah staff (Arab Times)
KUWAIT: Pakistan has "close and cordial relations" with Kuwait, said its Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain, who highlighted that the government of Prime Minister Muhammed Sharif is particularly keen on these relations.
"The two countries have these relations which are rooted in religion and history and they are very close to each other," he said in an interview with KUNA.
"When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the government of Pakistan extended full support to Kuwait at international forums and practically on ground. Pakistani troops came here (Kuwait) for mine cleaning and nine of them embraced martyrdom," he added.
The ambassador was speaking on the occassion of the upcoming official visit to Pakistan of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in between November 10 to 12 in response to a recent invitation extended by his Pakistani counterpart Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The high-level visit comes seven years after another made by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Jaber Al-Sabah in 2006.
On the opposite side, the ambassador said that both Pakistan's president and prime minister made several visits to Kuwait in recent years. These include visits of the then President Asif Ali Zardari in February, 2011 to participate in special celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of Kuwaiti independence, the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation and the five-year anniversary of HH the Amir's ascendancy, followed by a bilateral visit in May, 2011.
Also, former prime ministers Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Kuwait in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The latter came to participate in the First Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit.
"The visit by His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait to Pakistan will provide an opportunity to the leadership of both countries to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations - political, economic, cultural and so on... The two sides will also discuss issues of mutual interest in the regional and global contexts.
On the program of the visit, he said HH the prime minister is expected to hold talks with Sharif, followed by a lunch banquet hosted by the Pakistani prime minister for the visiting dignitaries.
"We hope that agreements will be signed in the fields of economics, legal, and others. In fact there are some advanced teams from the Kuwaiti side in Pakistan who are negotiating and trying to finalize many agreements and these agreements would be signed once His Highness Sheikh Jaber is there in Pakistan.
On economic cooperation, he said "we need to enhance investment and increase bilateral trade. As of now, Pakistan is one of the biggest buyers of Kuwaiti diesel. Every year, we import USD 3.5 billion of diesel. Also, there are more than 120,000 Pakistanis living in Kuwait and contributing towards the development of this brotherly society," he said.
"The Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company was established in 1979 as a joint venture between the two governments and since then it has been engaged in investment and developing banking activities in Pakistan.
"It is working in Pakistan investing in a number of projects like Kuwaiti Takaful in Pakistan and so many other projects." Also, the Kuwait Fund has been providing economic assistance in the form of soft loans to Pakistan since 1976, he added.
But reciprocally, Pakistan exports to Kuwait are not that extent, and he said "we (Pakistan) will try to bridge this gap.
"We'll try to cover the huge imbalance in trade and businessman both countries have to meet off and on. They need to have to coordinate to enhance business and investments between the two countries.
"So the economic cooperation is there but we need to raise the level of this cooperation and enhance the volume and for that both countries will have to cooperate with each other.
On the political field, he said the two sides have identical views on a number of issues amid international forums like the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
"Normally the two sides cooperate and support each other. They support each other's candidacies being brotherly and very close. They do not face any sort of problem and any dispute in the political field. (KUNA)